About Us - Darren & Karen - The story so far.....
He was a rugby playing youth from England who joined the Royal Military Police.
She was a hockey playing youth from Wales who also joined the Royal Military Police.
Their paths crossed in the khaki & scarlet clad world of 101 Provost Company, Düsseldorf, Germany in 1986 and they became good friends.
A decade passed by, much water flowed under many bridges and both now wore the uniform of a Metropolitan Police Officer... there were a few sporadic meetings here and there to “catch-up"... and then suddenly it was 1998 and their paths were about to cross once again. But this time there was romance in the air!
We have been together ever since, leaving the police service many years ago, and were married in 2001.
Right from the start, we’d always had lots of dreams/plans of travelling independently and, when Darren bought his Camel Trophy Land Rover, we were able to begin scratching our itchy feet. After driving around France and the Zargoje Mountains region of Croatia we later embarked on a three months tour of North Africa (Jan - Mar 2007), our home for the duration being a roof tent on top of the truck.
Having moved from London to Cardiff and then later to Pembrokeshire in West Wales, those itchy feet got the better of us and in the autumn of 2007 we moved to France.
For more than 5 years we ran a “Dog holidays” business, in La Creuse (the Limousin region), which was brilliant.
I love being out walking and, having lots of canine friends to keep me company made it even more enjoyable.
We came to know all the different characters of our regular doggy guests very well and we all, dogs and humans alike, had great fun.
In March 2015 we sold our property, handed the Dog Holidays business over to capable hands and moved to Normandy.
And so here we are now in 2016 with a new year and some exciting travel plans ahead.
"To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson